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Added/Modified on June 14, 2016
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Dimensions:
36″ wide, 18″ high x 14 1/2″ deep.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List:

1 – 1×12 @ 10 feet long (you can make mods shown in cut list to use an 8 footer, but the cubbies will be really short)
1 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
3 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long

Tools:

measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
Kreg Jig™
drill
circular saw
jigsaw
sander
level
countersink drill bit

Cut List:

8 – 1×2 @ 6″ (Slats)
2 – 1×3 @ 33″ (Back)
2 – 2×2 @ 28 1/2″ (Back Legs)
3 – 2×2 @ 33″ (Back Support, Bottom and Front 2x2s)
1 – 1×12 @ 36″ (Seat)
2 – 1×12 @ 11″ (Sides) (Make this measurement 9″ if you want to get all your cuts in a single 8 foot 1×12)
1 – 1×12 @ 9 1/2″ (Center Divider) (Make this measurement 8 1/2″ if you want to get all of your cuts in a single 1×12)
1 – 1×12 @ 33″ (Bottom of Cubbies)
4 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Width of your 1x12s – adjust to fit)
1 – 1×2 @ 36″ (Front Trim)
2 – 2×2 @ 17 1/4″ (Front Legs)

Step 1

Back

Mark out your back 1×3 boards for the placement of the 1×2 rails. Either drill a pocket hole in each end of the rails (1x2s @ 6″ long) or carefully predrill a hole for screws from the tops and bottoms of the 1x3s OR drill holes in both the rails and top/bottom for wood dowels. With glue applied, you will only need one screw per end of each rail.

I tapered the top of the back by measuring in 9″ from the end of the 1×3 top board and down 1″. I drew a straight line and cut with my jigsaw. Then I rounded the top with a sander to make it look like it is a arched top (its really not).

Step 2

Finishing the Back

Measure and mark out the placement of the joints and predrill holes. Either use pocket holes or 3″ screws and glue.

Step 3

Box

If we are building a project that has storage in it, you are probably going to build a box. Screws and glue. 2″ ones will work just fine.

Step 4

Trim

Trim out the box with 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue. This should be a super easy step.

Step 5

Front

Build the front as shown above. Use 3″ screws and glue. Use finish nails and glue to attach the top to the legs/front.

Step 6

Assembly

Now the fun part. Attach the front and back to the box with 3″ screws and glue.

Finishing Instructions

Finish Used:

Mine is finished with High Gloss Paint from Valspar. I simply filled all my holes and other imperfections with wood filler and let it dry. I did a second coat, then sanded with 120 grit sandpaper. A coat of primer and two coats of high gloss white and the bench is done! Enjoy.

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